It’s safe to say guacamole ([wakaˈmole]; can informally be referred to as “guac” in North America) is officially a staple of the American diet. Here, we present our list of 15 facts you didn’t know about that delicious green stuff. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: Holy Guacamole
Guacamole dates back to the 1300s! The Aztecs invented this tasty snack, but lucky for us they didn’t keep it a secret. For a traditional recipe, mix Hass avocados white onion, serrano chiles, tomatoes, sea salt, and cilantro.
Number Fourteen: Green and Brown
Guacamole is a popular party choice for everyone but the host! Avocados oxidize quickly (like apples), and trade their bright green color for a less appealing shade of brown. Some people say that leaving the pit in the mix will prevent oxidization, but according to science, that is not the case. Adding a little bit of lime juice will fend off oxidization. Otherwise, solve this problem the best way and eat it all before it has a chance to oxidize.
Number Thirteen: Wine O’Clock
It’s hard to find an appropriate wine pairing for guacamole. Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White, and Drunk All Over suggests pairing guacamole with a zesty white wine, like Sauvignon Blanc.
Number Twelve: Miley Cyrus Is a Devoted Fan
After Miley Cyrus hosted the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, she handed out avocados to the press. She posts about avocados nearly as often as her dogs on Instagram and Twitter, and even wore an avocado-printed outfit. Cyrus made her devotion official and committed to the fruit forever in July 2015 when she had an avocado tattooed on her upper left arm.
Number Eleven: Guacamolegate
Even President Barack Obama weighed in on this issue. On July 1, 2015, The New York Times suggested via Twitter that you should add peas to your guac recipe: “Add green peas to your guacamole. Trust us,” they said. “No,” the Internet soundly replied. Later that day, someone asked President Obama during an #AskPOTUS live tweet session for his thoughts. FYI, he is anti-pea.
Number Ten: Guacamole Everything
Everyone likes guac! Tabasco, the company behind your favorite hot sauce, recently published a recipe to guide you through the process of making guacamole ice cream. Yep, you read that right! The five-ingredient recipe, which calls for avocados, Tabasco sauce, condensed milk, lemon juice, and whipped topping, is available on their website, www.tabasco.com.
Number Nine: Food Of Love
According to the Aztecs, avocados were considered an aphrodisiac, and even went as far as to name the avocado tree ahuacuatl, or ‘testicle tree.’ Modern science doesn’t disagree! Avocados supply the body with key nutrients for optimal sexual health, like Vitamin E, magnesium, and protein. Keep the guac coming! Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!